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08-13-03: Parks board bounces around ideas to get new tennis courts

    The Celina Parks and Recreation Department is on a mission to bring back quality tennis courts to the city.
    At the parks board meeting Tuesday, members heard suggestions from Celina resident and parent Tom Casad on how to revamp the courts at Westview Park.
    Casad gave the board estimates that he collected on resurfacing two Westview courts and installing two new courts there.
    With the Independence Day floods putting Breakaway RecPlex under damaging water, it is unclear whether or when the fitness center will reopen its courts. Casad said the 30 or so members of Celina City Schools' tennis teams were using the courts there in the past, and now have an agreement to use courts in Coldwater because there are no functional courts in Celina.
    The cost of installing two new courts and revamping the two existing at Westview Park could top $60,000, according to the estimates Casad gathered.
    "I'm all for the project itself, but I don't know where we're going to get the money from," parks Director Jeff Fortkamp said.
    "To me, this is a priority in our park," board member Bob Nuding said. "It's sad that we don't have any tennis courts for people to play on."
    The board discussed the possibility of the Bryson Trust making a contribution to the tennis courts, but Fortkamp was uneasy about the subject because the trust fund dedicated to Celina's youth services and parks already purchased two new lawn mowers this year and is making payments on the Bryson Pool for three more years.
    Mayor Paul Arnold suggested the city seek help from Celina's big industries and combine those funds with what the Bryson Trust can donate and what the city can provide.
    "It's going to have to be a joint effort, because nobody's going to be able to do it on their own," Nuding said.
    The parks department employees were not able to determine what is wrong with the toddler's pool at Bryson Pool, so a specialist is being contracted.
    Fortkamp said the kiddie pool has been closed for most of July because it loses water when the water level is brought to the top. Where the water is going has been a mystery. The company that built the pool and a leak detection company will be in next week to try to pinpoint the problem.


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